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Australian War Crimes

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Hi Foxy

Re your "Australia's military justice system?" questions I don't know all the specifics, but here's the relevant Department of Defence website:

"Military Justice System: What is the military justice system?" etc

at http://www.defence.gov.au/mjs/mjs.asp
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This is such a high profile matter that there will also be:

TRIAL BY MEDIA

and

FORCED RESIGNATIONS (I'd say up to Colonel then Brigadier levels)

There may have been detailed knowledge of goings-on in Afghanistan above Brigadier.

Here is the Army Rank Structure http://www.army.gov.au/our-people/ranks/commissioned-officer-ranks

But, it will become plainer, that, Scott Morrison is good friends of some.
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 20 November 2020 6:55:33 PM
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How many soldiers have been convicted?

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Foxy,

When I studied military law the general rule was that military offences were tried by the military but crimes of a serious civil nature such as major theft, assault occasioning serious bodily harm, rape, attempted and actual murder were handed to the civilian authorities and upon conviction, the soldier was dishonourably discharged.
Posted by Is Mise, Friday, 20 November 2020 7:03:26 PM
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Issy, I recall us having a conversation some time back, about Australiana committing war crimes in Korea. You demanded evidence, and I supplied an account from a Pommy soldier who was involved in that conflict. Not much has changed.
Posted by Paul1405, Friday, 20 November 2020 8:50:08 PM
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This seems like such a complicated matter.
So many questions, so much to debate.

In the past it was the ones who lost the war
that were put on trial. The victors were not
called to account for their actions.

I still feel uneasy about judging our military.
And I'm not sure that our courts are equipped
to do that. And as I stated earlier - what will
all this achieve. Will it really ensure that these
atrocities will not happen again? On the other side
of the coin - should we just turn a blind eye to
atrocities?

So many questions - I have no ready-made answers.
This is in the "too hard basket" for me.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 20 November 2020 8:56:51 PM
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Dear Pete and Is Mise,

Thank you for the information.

It is not an easy subject to deal with
that's for sure.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 20 November 2020 8:58:56 PM
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cont'd ...

Trial by media is not going to help things.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 20 November 2020 9:00:23 PM
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